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Saddened by Recent Losses
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Saddened by Recent Losses

On March 19, 2021, James (Jim) Haggerty, age 82, passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while on his annual trip to Florida. Jim was born in Worcester, MA and lived a full and blessed life, surrounded by family and friends who loved, supported, and respected him.

He retired after serving 28 years as a Pittsfield, MA firefighter. He continued to serve his community as a driving instructor at Dave's Driving School for 42 years. This enabled him to teach driving responsibility and safety to three generations -- often from the same family. Because Jim took his job seriously, was conscientious about driver safety, and had a wonderful rapport with students, it was commonplace for him to be requested as the driving instructor.

Jim was an avid motorcyclist who had ridden in all 50 states, and was a proud member of The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club (a group of active and retired firefighters who ride motorcycles).

Jim adored his family and was a dedicated and loving father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by the love of his life, Kathleen Bravo of Pittsfield, MA; son, James (Tiger) Haggerty of Mebane, NC; daughter, Shannon Haggerty of Pittsfield, MA; and "adopted" son, Greg Wells of Adams, MA. Grandchildren include Julia Haggerty-DeGiorgis and Brayden Haggerty-Duffy of Pittsfield; and Hope McAdams-Haggerty of Mebane, NC. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Winifred Haggerty; and by two grandsons, Adam Haggerty and David Haggerty.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service will be scheduled and announced at a later date. Donations in memory of Jim Haggerty may be sent to the Pittsfield Fire Department Headquarters, 74 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201.


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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 3, 2021. 


On October 17, 2019, Fred "Batman" Bjorkland passed

Frederick J. Bjorkland Obituary
Fred Bjorkland, 72, died Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Thomas C. Bjorkland, Emma Daviduke Zaine, and stepfather, Anthony Zaine. He is survived by his stepmother, Irene Bjorkland Ricciuti. He was born May 15, 1947 in Hartford, CT and grew up in East Windsor, CT. After high school he and his brothers ran service stations prior to beginning work at Mercury Oil in 1974, to Shepard Steel in 1995, and retiring in 2013 to Wilmington, NC to be with his kids and grandkids. Fred was a lover of motorcycles, classic cars, camping, photography, and GOOD BEER. After relocating, Fred found new passion as a WatchDOG at Noble Middle School where he was a strong male role model to many children. He leaves behind his adoring daughter and son, Elizabeth and Perry Steed. His grandchildren, Ella, Madeline and Gabriel. He is survived by his previous wife Suzanne Bjorkland Beattie and his siblings Thomas Bjorkland; Joan and Dave Dahlstrom; Donald and Marian Bjorkland; Dale and Ralph Gamo; Harry and Maureen Bjorkland; Mark and Mabel Bjorkland and Daniel Bjorkland. As well as MANY nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Fred was a friend to ALL who knew him and we are asking for donations to be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice in his memory. Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Please contact the family for memorials in NC and CT.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 24, 2019
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On April 2, 2019, Ed Mix passed

Edward B. Mix, Jr.


Edward B. Mix, Jr. 75, of Farmington, CT passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at UCONN Health, Farmington. Edward was born on July 18, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA and was the son of the late Edward B., Sr and Helen (Boldezar) Mix. He moved to CT with his family in 1950 first to Forestville and later made his home in Farmington. Ed attended Central CT College and served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired from Goodrich Corp., West Hartford after thirty-seven years in 2005 as a configuration engineer. Having a passion for motorcycles his best adventure was riding a new BMW from Alaska to CT with his riding partner and best friend Matt Strus.
Edward is survived by his brother David Mix of Richmond, VA. also his extended Strus family and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral rites for Ed will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. with the procession departing at 9 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT. Burial with full military honors will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill, CT. The American flag will be presented to Mr. Mix’s, brother David. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Directions to funeral home – I-84 east or west – exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit – one mile down on right. To extend condolences to the Mix family or to share a memory of Ed, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM

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On November 19, 2017 Paul Clifford passed 

Paul J. Clifford Sr. Obituary

Paul J. Clifford, Sr., of Enfield, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. He was born in Worcester, MA to the late Philip and Mary (Albro) Clifford. Besides his parents he is also predeceased by his brothers; Philip, Bernard and John “Jack” Clifford, his wife Irene (Wysocki) Clifford, a grandson Tyler Lawrence and a stepson Kenneth Hoke. Paul is survived by his four children; Paul Clifford, Jr. of Webster, MA, Mark Clifford & his wife Patricia of Holyoke, MA, Nancy Lawrence her husband Ronald of Brooklyn, NY, Denise Dunn of Webster, MA. His several stepchildren Kevin, Keith, Kurt Hoke, Kathy Dudek, Kim Davis, Karolyn Hoke and Kristine Schmitz, 18 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His brother Terrence Clifford, sisters; Katherine “Taffy” Fleming and Susan Fields, many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
He graduated from St. John’s H.S. in 1951 and then joined the U.S. Air Force retiring in 1973. As Master Sergeant. He then spent 23 years working for the U.S. Postal Service retiring in 1996. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, spending time with family and tinkering with anything mechanical. He was a life time member of the American Motorcycle Assoc., and a founding member of the CT River Valley BMW Riders Assoc. 
His family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday Nov. 26, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, Enfield, CT. Funeral services will be held on Monday Nov. 27, 2017 with the procession forming at 8:30 am to St. Adalbert Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am. Interment will follow with Military Honors in the Mass Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. Memorial donations may be made to FamiliesofSMA@cureSMA.org. or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., 8th floor New York, NY 10022.
For directions or more info visit: www.brownefuneralchapels.com.
Published in The Republican on Nov. 22, 2017

On March 28, 2017 Pat McGinley, a long time club member passed at home at age 82.

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On March 29, 2017 Carol Anger, a long time club member passed after a lengthy illness.  No further information is available at this time other than funeral will be on Long Island.

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